Should I Use an eLearning Vendor or a Freelancer?

ThinkingKap Solutions

Among all the conversation that post generated, we’ve gotten a lot of questions about differentiating vendors from freelancers. We are a vendor, and we know (and have worked with) a lot of great freelancers. The question “which is better, eLearning vendor or a freelancer?” What’s the difference between an eLearning vendor and a freelancer? The end product will only be as creative and effective as the skills in BOTH areas. Consulting

Software Demo Tips: What Works? Ask an LMS Selection Consultant

Talented Learning

For nearly 5 years, our consultants have been on a mission to help extended enterprise LMS buyers make better purchasing decisions. We obsess about every facet of the LMS market so our clients can more effectively attract, engage and educate learning audiences of all types – B2B and B2C customers, channel partners and contractors, employees, association members, continuing education students and the public-at-large. For each opportunity, we’ve shortlisted 4 qualified vendors.

6 Ways LMS Consulting Can Help You Achieve The Best Value For Money

eLearning Industry

LMS consulting simplifies the LMS selection process so that you can allocate resources more effectively. Learning Management Systems LMS Evaluation LMS Selection LMS VendorsBut can it really help you achieve the best LMS value for money? This post was first published on eLearning Industry.

How To Build A Successful Consulting Business? Here’s One Small Contribution We Can Make

SmartUp

“For a fee, an expert will provide professional feedback about how your business can be more successful and give you a recipe about what you should do” Although this is a very loose definition of what a consultant or a consultancy does for their clients, it touches on why businesses hire consultants: insights, advice, knowledge, and action. Arthur Dehon Little founded what was widely believed to be the first management consulting firm in 1886.

Role of a Learning Consultant: Insightful discussion imported from LinkedIn

ID Reflections

I started this discussion to understand the roles (tacit and explicit) that a learning consultant plays. Sahana Chattopadhyay Senior Consultant at Zensar Technologies What does a Learning Consultant do? What are some of the primary and secondary functions that a business expects from a learning consultant? I am interested in finding out if there are any defined set of tasks that a learning consultant would do to enable organizational learning.

Readiness – Set – Go: Pursuing a Sustainable EPS Strategy

Living in Learning

We should strive to effectively position that EPS adoption is a rapidly approaching future that lies beyond the scope and charter of the traditional L&D training paradigm. 70:20:10 Change Leadership Continuous Learning Data Analytics Discovery & Consulting EPS readiness assessment EPSS Learning Ecosystems Performance Support Performer Support Technology xAPI EPS performance support Readniess assessment Vendor evaluation Vendor selection

10 Things Vendors Can Teach You About Building an Internal Learning Business

CLO Magazine

Most learning leaders use any number of vendors to carry out the design, development and delivery of their internal learning agenda. In a way, the learning department is also a vendor, just in a different context. Whether you’re a cost or profit center, much of how they operate can readily transfer to make your internal department more effective. In other words, they are clear on their business model and how to effectively implement it.

10 Ways to Lose at Selling Learning Systems: For LMS Vendors

Talented Learning

LMS vendors, I owe you a post. Then we recommend 4 highly qualified, matching vendors to evaluate in a formal RFP process. Learning systems buyers are always more successful when they invest time upfront qualifying vendors for their specific business situation). I won and lost my fair share but was unaware of my level of effectiveness in relation to my sales peers. You will learn: What an effective LMS selection process looks like.

2015 Talented Learning LMS Vendor Award Recipients

Talented Learning

Innovation was stagnant and most vendor effort was invested in stealing customers from one another. The cloud enables new LMS vendors to create and support one product that all customers use providing economies of scale in research, customer support and required investment capital. The LMS industry in 2015 now has hundreds and hundreds of viable vendor solutions. The 2015 Talented Learning LMS Vendor Award Winners . Learning management systems didn’t die.

Why Do I Need an eLearning Vendor When I Have My Own Team?

Illumen Group

Why Do I Need an eLearning Vendor When I Have My Own Team? Maybe what you really need isn’t a vendor, but rather a part-time strategic partner or developer who is there when you need them, and not when you don’t. Effective Efficiency. A good eLearning partner like Illumen knows how to create effective training based on your actual needs. The post Why Do I Need an eLearning Vendor When I Have My Own Team? Good question.

Virtual World Vendor Forterra Systems Purchased by SAIC.

Kapp Notes

It now looks like the large consultancy firm SAIC has purchased Forterra and is going to leverage the 3D capabilities as part of its offerings. This will be interesting for both Virtual World Vendors and Consulting firms. __ Catalog of Recommended Books, Games and Gadgets Recommended Games and Gadgets Recommended Books Content Guide.

Effective Web Conferences – 41 Resources

Tony Karrer

I wanted to follow-up 19 Tips for Effective Online Conferences with some additional resources that relate to this topic. There is also an interesting effect that people who are not attending still hear quite a bit about the conference and have some level of tangential participation.

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3 Things That Will Matter to Learning Leaders in 2018

Vitalyst

On May 25, 2018, the rules outlined in the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which was approved by the European Union Parliament in April 2016, will come into effect. L&D vendor selection has become critical. As L&D needs expand, so too does the demand for learning vendors who can provide quick, personalized, task-focused solutions for every employee, whether they are in-house, remote, full-time or contingent.

Video training: Those who use it find it effective, though confusion surrounds what constitutes ‘video training’

InsiderHub

The information presented here is an analysis of the data found in the annual report, 2014 Learning Technology Solutions Forecast (available here ) compiled by Cox eLearning Consultants. It’s also typically cost-effective because you can plan finite training sessions and efficiently plan employees’ time. This page lists the top-rated video training solutions, along with a description of the solution and the vendor.

The Training Manager’s Guide to Accessible Elearning

The Learning Dispatch

How About: Accessible Elearning Is Effective Elearning. Consider an Accessibility Consultant. Thinking About Consultants, Again. Ensure Vendors Provide Accessible Training. Ensure Vendors Create Accessible Training. How About: Accessible Elearning Is Effective Elearning. Designers and developers are focused, in other words, on making sure that they create effective digital content. In other words, it’s about creating an effective website.

The Training Manager’s Guide to Accessible Elearning

The Learning Dispatch

How About: Accessible Elearning Is Effective Elearning. Consider an Accessibility Consultant. Thinking About Consultants, Again. Ensure Vendors Provide Accessible Training. Ensure Vendors Create Accessible Training. How About: Accessible Elearning Is Effective Elearning. Designers and developers are focused, in other words, on making sure that they create effective digital content. In other words, it’s about creating an effective website.

Preparing for DevLearn09 - Part 4 - FREE Consulting

Corporate eLearning Strategies and Development

We also use it to screen out vendors who may see this as an opportunity to sell to you or "win" something that will help promote a product or service. Tell your boss, or the bean counter, that DevLearn is the cheapest consulting you'll pay for EVER! And you are guaranteed to come back to work with ideas for improving your training effectiveness and do it better, faster, and cheaper. or as we like to call it, DEMOFEST!

You Just Selected a Shiny New LMS. Great! Now What?

Talented Learning

As learning systems consultants , we’ve seen our share of organizations abandon LMS platforms that once seemed like ideal solutions. You’ve likely endured heated internal discussions, unwelcomed vendor surprises during demos and unforeseen contractual confusion. Now is the time to clear your mind of negative thoughts about the selection process, your colleagues, the vendor or anything else that might stand between you and a positive mindset.

2020 LMS Trends: An Analyst’s Extended Enterprise Learning Predictions

Talented Learning

But the industry’s unbridled expansion started to lose steam a couple of years ago, when vendors began seeking growth through acquisition. And as vendors focus more heavily on gaining market share dominance, buyers should prepare for further M&A confusion, uncertainty and disruption. In comparison to specialized extended enterprise solutions, these vendors rarely (if ever) spend R&D dollars on pure extended enterprise innovation. New year. New decade.

Possible hindrances to user adoption of e-learning courses

ID Reflections

Managers responsible for team productivity and performance define the learning objectives and ask a vendor to create an e-learning course failing to take the opinion of end users (what the managers perceive as difficulties may not be the real/root cause for productivity or quality failures) 2. Feel that transferring a ppt into flash is all about e-learning (putting "lipstick on a pig" effect takes place.Refer to: How to avoid putting lipstick on a pig from [link] 4.

What Factors Are Shaping the LMS Market? 2018 Learning Systems FAQ

Talented Learning

As an independent learning systems consultant , I’m often asked to share my opinion about what’s happening in the LMS market. Of course, no vendor can innovate effectively in all areas at once, so each chooses matters most in its niche. You can even monitor attention levels to measure effectiveness and continuously improve content quality. It’s a good time to be an LMS selection consultant. Develop effective pricing and marketing strategies.

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LMS RFP Tips: How to Find Your Best Learning Technology Fit

Talented Learning

RFPs help buyers get organized, formalize requirements, evaluate vendors logically, create a historical record and show vendors you are serious. Over the past two years as an independent LMS selection consultant, I’ve helped dozens of buyers use RFPs to buy the best solution for their organization. It also includes instructions on how and when vendors should submit a response. Excel is good at capturing binary answers, and it makes vendor comparison easy.

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21 Brilliant Resources for Up-skilling Learning Designers (for the Informal & Social Learning Age)

Learnnovators

How we use social media for informal learning : This blog post, by Steven Boller of Bottom-Line Performance, discusses about #TalkTech – a 30 minute chat they hold once a week on Twitter – an interesting activity that helps his company successfully practice informal learning with the effective use of social media. The program is from Jane Hart (through The Connected Workplace Consultancy – her joint initiative with Harold Jarche).

Successfully Implement Your Learning Management System (Includes Webinar Recording & Slides)

Adobe Captivate

On November 29, I presented a 60 minute session on how to efficiently implement an LMS, based on my experience during 30+ implementations I’ve led or consulted on for clients and former employers. After the session, some attendees asked me whether an LMS consultant is necessary when going through an implementation. Work effectively with your LMS vendor to determine a timeline, set expectations, and get everything done on time. .

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How Do We Find the Right eLearning Partner?

ThinkingKap Solutions

Or do you want to hire an eLearning vendor to be a full-spectrum eLearning partner? The most important aspect of selecting a vendor, is finding someone who will create great training for you. To that end, check out work samples from any prospective vendors. Make sure that what your prospective vendor thinks is awesome meets your definition of awesome. You may not expect me to say this, but we’re not the perfect vendor for every customer. Consulting

People Development: Stop Spending, Start Thinking

CLO Magazine

During the 2007 financial crisis, consulting and coaching clients often asked me: “Could we deliver similar value this year from half of the budget?” But while the difference is negligible for vendors, it is significant for buyers. Business has too many variables and consultants spend too little time with their clients to demonstrate clear causality. Somewhere between cause and effect, there is serious leakage of resources.

LMS Selection Roulette: Who Can You Trust?

Talented Learning

Often, these posts have 287 or more responses from LMS vendors, each claiming they offer the best solution, given the overwhelming evidence provided in the original 2-sentence help request. They’ve hit a wall with features that don’t accomplish what a vendor promised. Previously, before a multitude of specialized solutions burst onto the landscape, LMS choices were limited to a handful of “one-size-fits-all” vendors. It happens at least once a week.

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JOE GANCI – CRYSTAL BALLING WITH LEARNNOVATORS

Learnnovators

He is widely considered a guru for his expertise in eLearning development, and consults with clients worldwide. I would encourage all tool vendors to take a good hard look at the products they sell and ensure that they are offering something unique and useful. Joe: Tool vendors have been more reactive than proactive in many ways. Are there training classes available, either from the tool vendor or from third parties? ABOUT JOE GANCI (President, eLearningJoe, LLC).

INTEGRATING SOCIAL LEARNING IN THE WORKPLACE

Learnnovators

The side effects of hierarchy and top down management – obsolete principles, hunger for power and unnatural competitiveness – desensitized the organizations. Organizations fell prey to the vendors of social platforms believing that technology could solve the problem. Sahana Chattopadhyay is an L&D Consultant, OD Specialist, Blended Learning Architect, Social Learning Evangelist, and Blogger.

Task List for Your Learning Management System (LMS) Implementation

Adobe Captivate

Work closely with your LMS vendor. You can also group tasks by dividing your implementation into five phases, like this: 1: Before vendor is selected | 2: After vendor is selected | 3: During contract negotiations | 4: Before go-live | 5: After go-live. I’ve led or consulted on 30+ implementations, and I change the task list every time. Ask your new LMS vendor about this.). Ask your LMS vendor for advice.). Are they cost-effective?

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THE MOST PROVOCATIVE SHOUT-OUTS FROM TODAY’S LEARNING INNOVATORS

Learnnovators

There’s a ‘conspiracy of convenience’ between many learning & development managers and business managers, which serves as a barrier to effective L&D operations. ” – Charles Jennings. MOOCs would evolve into one of the most effective delivery models for education. QUOTE: “ The future belongs to those who not only have the courage to shout, “The emperor has no clothes!”

21 BRILLIANT RESOURCES FOR UP-SKILLING LEARNING DESIGNERS (FOR THE INFORMAL & SOCIAL LEARNING AGE)

Learnnovators

How we use social media for informal learning : This blog post, by Steven Boller of Bottom-Line Performance, discusses about #TalkTech – a 30 minute chat they hold once a week on Twitter – an interesting activity that helps his company successfully practice informal learning with the effective use of social media. The program is from Jane Hart (through The Connected Workplace Consultancy – her joint initiative with Harold Jarche).

TIN CAN API & THE FUTURE OF E-LEARNING

Learnnovators

More and more vendors (authoring tools, Learning Management Systems, social platforms, mobile games, and simulations) are adopting or testing this new standard. The story also depicts how employees’ performance and training results are measured beside others’ results, to take more effective decisions about training. We can see a growing number of vendors (ebooks, games, simulations, LMSs, etc.)

GEOFF STEAD – CRYSTAL BALLING WITH LEARNNOVATORS

Learnnovators

We also worked with vendors to license and list their apps for all our staff. There still is a space for mobile versions of e-learning, but it is dying out fast, as mobile learners discover more effective ways to find out what they need to learn. ABOUT GEOFF STEAD (Head of Mobile Learning, Qualcomm): Geoff Stead and his team at Qualcomm use emerging mobile technologies to explore, innovate and champion how they should be used to enhance learning, and working.

Bringing the Future Forward

CLO Magazine

It will be on par with the change that the internet brought to the industry, if not bigger,” said Anders Gronstedt, president of digital training consultancy The Gronstedt Group. The gamified effects of VR make it something that’s appealing to people who have been on the job for a while to test their knowledge with a competitive angle,” DeCanio said. It still feels very futuristic for many companies,” said Michael Gretczko, a principal at Deloitte Consulting LLP.